Feel free to jump down my throat, as it were, but I wonder if some of this started post-racial diversity in the workplace. YES, we need diversity, yes, minorities of all sorts, including women in the workplace, were discriminated against (still are, but subtly), yes "quotas" are good to not let businesses get away with murder.
But. I wonder if a lot of white males were pissed of. I know there have been cases over the years (I worked at a law firm that did pro bono on one of the cases - SF Fire Dept) where white men would score high on, say, a fireman test. Or a police test.
But they would be passed over for a minority candidate with a lower score. I am not making this up or exaggerating it.
Used to be that a state trooper in NY State (I'm going back MANY years) had to be 5 10 and 180 or something. In the 60's, that rule might have been interpreted "better" if a woman was also 5 10 and 180. But I think eventually the height/weight requirements were lowered.
Fine, and this sort of thing also went on - 70's? in San Francisco. Height/weight limits were, I believe, waived. Perhaps to be supportive to Asian American candidates, often "shorter" (I am just quoting facts.)
But you tell me: who would you rathre have rescue you from a building OR "protect" you in a crime on the street: a "person" (doesn't matter male or female) of muscle and size, c. 6 feet, or someone 5 2 and 105 pounds? Which person do you think is probably physically stronger???
I'm fat, female, over 50, so fit "minority" status myself.
Sorry to ramble; my POINT is that perhaps once white guys, formerly the "ruling class" in their own minds, became "passed over", and there begin to be a number of "reverse discrimination" cases:
I wonder if this might have been the beginning. More likely, it occurs to me:
parents abdicating their responsibility for their kids. Wanting schools to do everything. "my kid is "differently abled"! he needs more time for tests! He can't eat this, or that! Waaaaaaaaaa!
A lot of it: lazy thinking.